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Nate Borland

Nate Borland


(515) 259-7462


(515) 361-5390



Nate Borland is an Iowa native who grew up in Urbandale.

Nate has always been an advocate for individual rights, though he had no clue about the law—or even the slightest thought of being a lawyer—before completing his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Upper Iowa University’s campus in West Des Moines. He developed a passion for individual rights, especially the First Amendment, through hours of talks with his father, who was a television news photojournalist in Des Moines for more than three decades.

Nate earned his law degree from Drake University Law School with high honors and completed certificates in Health Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Nate relies on his diverse background, which also includes stints with Des Moines’ premier business law firm and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, in aggressively investigating and pursuing employment and civil rights cases. Nate has a special interest in cases where he has the opportunity to demand accountability from local, state, or federal governments, or to protect the rights of public employees.

Since 2019, Nate has been recognized by Best Lawyers. Nate tries cases in administrative agencies and state and federal courts, and has argued before the Iowa Court of Appeals and Iowa Supreme Court.

Nate is particularly proud of his jury trial experience, which, among other results, includes three cases in which juries awarded his clients more than $1 Million in damages ($1.05 Million, $1.21 Million for two clients, $4.5 Million).

Nate lives in Clive with his family. He has a passion for soccer, especially Sporting Kansas City, and he referees, coaches, and watches as much of the sport as he can.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Iowa (2013)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (2013)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa (2013)
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (2013)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska (2021)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2022)


  • Juris Doctorate with High Honors, Drake University Law School (2013)
  • Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, Upper Iowa University (2009)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Employment Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association

Civic Involvement

  • Board Member, Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club
  • Volunteer Coach, Sporting Iowa
  • Chair, Clive Library Board of Trustees (Former)

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